The only turkey neck should be on your turkey: Enter Ultherapy

November 23, 2015

Double chins suck. Especially when you’re at the age when it’s not an issue of “excess fat”  that’s causing the waddle. Its just skin. Too young for a face life (egads!) and too old to blame it on baby fat. Yes, you can Botox the heck out of your neck to soften those strong rubberband, cord-like muscles that pull and look like tree trunks under the skin – but when it’s just skin – you can’t diet or exercise the turkey neck away. I’m in exactly that place. I have this tiny little under the chin poof that makes me crazy. It’s also the biggest give away that I’m not in my 30’s anymore. Ok, there a few other things but you can’t see them. Wink.

Historically in the world of cosmetic surgery, the only option to eliminate submental fat was surgery.

Not anymore.
Ultherapy is the only FDA cleared procedure used to lift skin in this difficult area. It utilizes the energy of ultrasound to stimulate deep structural support within the layers of the skin without disturbing the surface of the skin.

Ultherapy is very much like ultrasound imaging you get when you are pregnant – a hand piece is first placed on your skin, producing an image of the tissue beneath it. This allows our practitioners to see where they will treat your skin.


Except with Ultherapy, this piece is used to deliver deposits of focused ultrasonic energy at the precise depth below the skin and revitalize the foundational layer of your skin typically addressed in a facelift.

I am not going to lie – it’s not super comfy :) You will for sure need a muscle relaxant and pain killer to take the edge off. I have a massive pain threshold and I still stopped for a pain killer midway through – why be a hero, right? The good news is, I had an incredible nurse Cris at the esteemed office of Dr. Ava Shambam perform my procedure. I was so entranced by all her medical degrees that I just kept asking to tell me more about her education so I could continue to be blown away by her, and not think about the zaps!

Within 45 minutes we were done with my entire lower face and jowls. “We’re done?!”

“Yes, done!” Cris said.

And this happy camper went on home – zero downtime, no redness, nothing. I would say I was slightly sore for about a week. But not even Advil worthy sore. Extremely mild and it didn’t really cross my mind unless I pushed on my cheek.

Results: Here’s the fun part – I get to see them slowly evolve over the next months (beauty doesn’t happen over night, people!) In around 6 months is when the fruits of Ulthera come to fruition. It’s a natural rejuvenation from the inside out, bypassing the surface of the skin by specifically targeting deep, structural skin tissues where collagen is collected. What happens is your body’s natural regenerative response to this energy, is to recondition and gently lift the loose skin by stimulating the growth of new, fresh collagen.


I highly recommend seeing Cris for a consultation. There is nothing to lose with Ulthera. It’s the perfect “tweener” procedure. Prices vary and you will be quoted depending on the exact parts of your face that need attention. I will follow up with you in a few months and let you know how I look!
Cris Shallenberger | MSN, RN
AVA MD | Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology
2021 Santa Monica Blvd. 600 E, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 828-2282
9915 S Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 |(310)843-9915 |

Call: 310-843-9915
9915 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90212

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Hum Nutrition: the beauty supplement company

November 22, 2015

Hum Nutrition (, the beauty supplement company, has created an incredible formula in great on-the-go packs to give women shiny and fuller hair, stronger nails and glowing skin. Used by everyone from model and mom Molly Sims to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, Hum’s Runway Ready gives women an easy way to give their beauty a boost in a safe way. I love popping these daily!

So how does it work?

Black Currant Seed Oil is an excellent source of GLA (stimulates healthy skin and hair growth and is a strong anti-inflammatory) and ALA (acts as an anti-inflammatory agent).
Sunflower seed oil contains Vitamin E and fatty acids that promote shiny hair and glowing skin. As an antioxidant, Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals that damage collagen and dry the skin. Research suggests that Vitamin E improves capillary growth, which increases follicle circulation and moisture for fuller hair that is free split ends.
Biotin strengthens the nail cuticle and prevents breakage. This vitamin is often also taken to strengthen the hair and prevent hair loss. Biotin was originally used to strengthen horse hooves and research has since shown that humans can benefit from a biotin boost, too.


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ZSS Clear Skin Method

November 18, 2015

I am a long time LOVE all everything ZSS has to offer. Their latest, The ZSS Clear Skin Method merges Probitoics and Zeaxanthin from orange paprika peppers, which has been tailored to target redness, acne and problematic skin. I’m really looking forward to this one as winter is upon us, because red patchy skin is my winter curse!

How it works:

The Clear Skin Method includes a topcial Zeaxanthin-based Nutri-Serum that was been developed to work in tandem with a 30-day supply of individually packaged superfood supplements, brimming with not only Probiotics and Zeaxanthin, but other ingredients such as Tumeric, Broccoli, Pomegranate, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Algae, and Ceramides.


Both clinically proven (with clinical studies available) to improve your complexion from the outside and inside out by targeting your gut health to give you balanced healthy skin. The brand has been embraced by The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), celebrities such as Lisa Vanderpump, Dascha Polanco and Jada Pinkett Smith and men and women across the US.

Shop here!


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Roloxin Lift – an instant (yes, I said instant!) clinically proven, wrinkle-smoothing mask t

November 16, 2015

Another stocking stuffer for the women in your life who love a good face mask (like me!)

The What:  It’s called Roloxin Lift – an instant proven, wrinkle-smoothing mask that can be applied in just minutes and lasts up to 24 hours. It’s an entirely new way to revitalize your skin by improving facial texture and reducing the appearance of both wrinkles and pores, leaving you with truly radiant skin.

Roloxin Lift’s single serving sachet is the perfect size to stash in a stocking!

($110.00 for a 10-pack; sold at:,, CosBar, b-glowing, Derm Store) Roloxin 10 Count w Sachet

This mask is the only instant wrinkle smoothing mask on the market today is powered by our patented SilicaLift technology. Full effects are visible after just one treatment and lasts up to 24 hours.

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Put gold in her stocking: with OROGOLD ultra-luxe holiday gift sets

Indulgent skincare brand OROGOLD launched three ultra-luxe holiday gift sets, featuring the brand’s best-selling products formulated with 24K Gold. I am a huge fan of this line!


OROGOLD Box Package I ($78,
·         24K Foaming Cleanser –Refresh your skin with this unique cleansing formula. For all skin types, this foaming cleanser will remove excessive oils and impurities to enhance the natural glow of the skin.
·         24K Salt Soufflé – The Salt Soufflé exfoliates and refreshes skin, leaving the body with an extraordinarily soft sensation. It’s infused with rich ingredients to give your skin a glow and a silky soft finish.
·         24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream – The delicate, yet effective 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream is infused with rich ingredients including gold and sunflower oil to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.


OROGOLD Box Package II ($78,
·         24K Milk Cleanser – Specially designed for delicate and sensitive skin, the 24K Milk Cleanser is formulated to remove impurities without irritation. This cleanser is enriched with Vitamin C & E for antioxidants, and jojoba and musk oils to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.
·         24K Deep Peeling – 24K Deep Peeling mask is infused with the finest ingredients to provide a powerful, yet gentle facial cleanse. This unique peel is specially formulated to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and leave skin feeling refreshed, vibrant, and luminous.
·         24K Body Cream – This non-greasy moisturizer, packed with essential vitamins and oils, melts on skin contact leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth and delicately scented.


OROGOLD Box Package III ($78,
·         24K Purifying Facial Toner – Enriched with witch hazel and chamomile, both known for their soothing, calming and hydrating properties, the 24K Purifying Facial Toner wipes away any traces of dirt from the skin in preparation for hydration.
·         24K Deep Renewal Night Cream – Formulated with vitamin E, gold, and sunflower seed oil, this light-weight formula helps nourish skin while you rest so you can wake up to a softer, more radiant complexion.
·         24K Golden Body Butter – This magnificent blend of 24 karat gold and shea butter helps reduce signs of aging while adding deep moisture and protection to the skin.

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